So I’m still in didactic. In semester 3 of 4. First semester you have a lighter schedule it started Jan 7 and ended April 26. It’s anatomy, physiology, intro to patient assessment, foundations to clinical medicine, and intro to the PA profession. That semester we had fridays off but usually had physiology tests and pretests on Friday. It wasn’t too bad. Second semester started May 6 and ended August 8. So you only get a week between first and second semesters and second and third semesters. This semester started August 19 and ends December 12 or 13 depending on one of the finals. Then we don’t start back until y’all do in January like the 6 or something so it’s a nice long break. Last semester we also did not have Friday classes and this semester we have only 1 class Friday that’s an hour long so not bad. If Dr. Harris teaches pharm which I’m sure he will, you will have class 4-5:30 twice a week 2nd semester to 4th semester because of his other job. The workload gets heavier as the semesters go on but it’s manageable. From 2nd semester to 4th you’ll always have patient assessment, clin med, integrations, health care issues, pharm, and patho. Then it just depends what other classes there are like now we have surgery and procedures but last semester we didn’t. We had a stats and research course. The next spring semester will end around the end of April but I’m not sure of the actual date. You’re never in class from 8-5 every day though. There’s plenty of days where we go for 3 hours but there are days where we go in 11:30-5:30 which are slightly rough but you have a lot of outside class time.
Orientation is only one day long. It’s the first day and you go in at 8 and stay forever haha I don’t remember when we finally got to leave but it’s a long day. You get your photo ID made, you meet the professors, and we come in and talk to you guys and introduce you to our cohort and the UCPA club chairs. I can’t remember all that we did that day but it was a good bit and they will scare you with the handbook because in the handbook it’s like if you breathe the wrong way you will be kicked out! But it’s really not like that they just have to read all the rules so that you are aware of them. No one in our cohort has been kicked out and I think only 1 person has been kicked out of the program the last 5 cohorts. Our day was so long because we also had a physiology class that day so depending on your schedule it might not be as long for you.
Also the program follows the schools schedule so you always have scheduled breaks and scheduled holidays off. Our cohort got 4th of July off but cohort 4 did not so summer is a little different sometimes. But if there is a snow day for the school the program cancels class as well.
Sorry that is so long!!! There’s just so much info but this is the basics.